• Harshita Malhotra

AAP govt to spray bio-decomposer solution over 5,000 acres of crop field in Delhi

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The Delhi government will spray the bio-decomposer solution on around 5,000 acres of rice fields in Delhi to reduce stubble burning in the Capital this year, state environment minister Gopal Rai said on Tuesday.



The bio-decomposer solution, developed by the Indian Agricultural Research Institute (IARI), accelerates the decomposition process of stubble by turning it into manure over a period of 15-20 days, thereby reducing the need to clear the fields of stubble by burning, as witnessed every year during the winter months.



Reviewing the production facilities at the institute on Tuesday, Rai said the spraying of the solution will start in the first week of October.



The Aam Aadmi Party-led Delhi government has been pushing for the usage of the bio-decomposer solution as an alternative mechanism to deal with the problem of stubble burning over the last three years. Last year, the solution was sprayed on around 4,300 acres of land belonging to 844 farmers in Delhi while in 2020, it was sprayed on 1,935 acres belonging to 310 farmers.